“Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and prayerful always.” Romans 12:12
There are times when life is full of one disappointment after another. Or so it seems. Disappointment comes in all shapes, sizes, and at different times. There’s worry, fretting, and anxiety. When reality actually shows up and doesn’t meet our expectations, it often leaves us with the lack of contentment. Disappointments are hard to navigate through, so here are three heart-hitting questions:
- Are these just your unmet expectations?
- Have you forgotten to be thankful for what you do have?
- Is there something to change to turn your disappointment into a God-appointment?
Ever been disappointed and said “me too?”
Usually after self-examination, it’s best to look for what God is teaching through the unmet expectations. Asking for wisdom and anticipating His better good, plan and purpose helps get you back on track.
Our good, good Father really does know you best and the best for you. No matter how many disappointments emerge, there is always hope. There are times to surrender your need to understand to override the doubt. There are times when we don’t need to understand, but just obey. There are times we need to trust more. Often, God’s purpose isn’t realized until a later time.
There’s a little project on my heart right now that is finally birthing life. It started with a simple thought but took a lot of hard work to pull it out and off. Bearing the fruit took guts, courage, and a whole lot of prayer, but loaded with hope for the next generation. It also came with many disappointments along the way. I just kept focusing on God’s purpose.
I’m grateful that God had a purpose and a promise in it all. We have a Savior that is in the business of reconciliation and hope. Jesus never promised it would be easy. While walking this earth, even He encountered many trials and troubles, but He died so we could be overcomers of disappointment and have joy and gladness in all things. Disappointments often don’t feel joyful or make you glad, but the purpose may still be for your benefit. I’ll never forget, in the middle of searching for answers, those great conversations with the One who holds the plan in His hands.
So grateful that His love is undeniable and His peace is unspeakable. We have a good, good Father and nothing is wasted in His purpose for you. People can disappoint you but God never will.